- The definition of a saturation is a complete soaking or soaking up.
- An example of a saturation is a sponge full of water.
- An example of a saturation is a wall painted a deep red.
saturation definition by Webster's New World
- a saturating or being saturated
- the degree of purity of a color, as measured by its freedom from mixture with white; intensity of hue
- the condition of a magnetic substance that has been magnetized to the maximum
Origin: Late Latin saturatio
saturation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act or process of saturating.b. The condition of being saturated.c. The condition of being full to or beyond satisfaction; satiety.
- Physics A state of a ferromagnetic substance in which an increase in applied magnetic field strength does not produce an increase in magnetization.
- Chemistry The state of a compound or solution that is fully saturated.
- Meteorology A condition in which air at a specific temperature contains all the water vapor it can hold; 100 percent relative humidity.
- Vividness of hue; degree of difference from a gray of the same lightness or brightness. Also called intensity. See Table at color.
- Intensive shelling or bombing of a military target to achieve total destruction.
- The flooding of a market with all of a commodity that consumers can purchase.
saturation - Computer Definition
(1) On magnetic media, a condition in which the magnetizable particles are completely aligned and a more powerful writing signal will not improve the reading back.
(2) In a bipolar transistor, a condition in which the current on the gate (the trigger) is equal to or greater than what is necessary to close the switch.
(3) In a diode, a condition in which the diode is fully conducting.
(4) In a color, the amount of pure pigment it contains. For example, a fully saturated red would be pure red. The less saturated, the more pastel the appearance. See HSB, HSL, chroma, luminance and hue.
saturation - Investment & Finance Definition
A point in a product’s life cycle when it is widely distributed. In order to sell more units, a company has to come up with a new, innovative marketing strategy to make the product appear fresh. Saturation likely is accompanied by widespread competition and pricing pressure.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
saturation - Medical Definition
noun Abbr. sat.
- The act or process of saturating.
- The condition of being saturated.
- The condition of being full to or beyond satisfaction; satiety.
- Filling of all the available sites on an enzyme molecule by its substrate, or on a hemoglobin molecule by molecular oxygen or carbon monoxide.
- In optics, the degree which colors of the same wavelength are differentiated from one another on the basis of purity which correlates with the amount of white present, such as red from pink.
saturation - Science Definition
- The state of a physical system, such as a solution, containing as much of another substance, such as a solute, as is possible at a given temperature or pressure.
- The vividness of a color's hue. Saturation measures the degree to which a color differs from a gray of the same darkness or lightness. Compare hue, value.
- The state of being a saturated organic compound. See more at saturated.